“While the parish is the place of front-line ministry in adult faith formation,
the bishop has primary responsibility for the general welfare of the local Church,
and as teacher of the faith, he is the chief catechist of adults.
To assist the bishop in carrying out this role, the task of supporting
parish adult faith formation ministers is exercised … by diocesan administrative offices.”
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us:
A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States
As the Second Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II reminded us, the catechesis of adults is the principle form of catechesis because it is “addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.” (Catechesi Tradendae, 43) If the adults in our parishes are living lives of authentic Christian witness, that will spill out into the catechesis of our children and the evangelization of our communities.
Catechesis does not stop at the threshold of maturity but is a lifelong process in which we continually seek to encounter Christ. The Office of Adult Formation aids local parishes in this process by providing support, diocesan-wide initiatives, and training to help build community and collaboration among the parishes’ adult faith formation leaders and serve adult parishioners.
Adult Formation Classes
Hope Among the Ruins, Following Jesus in the Dark Night of the Culture
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Center, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville 37214